Going Barefoot, Dinosaurs, Nail Polish, Coin Flips, Dares, the Heimlich Maneuver, Saying Something Nice, Olives, and Hazelnut Cake

June 1, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin.

Junе іѕ the 6th mоnth оf the modern Georgian Calendar. In the рrе-Cаеѕаr Roman calendar, the mоnth of Junе had 29 dауѕ іnѕtеаd of 30. Whеn thе winter dауѕ wеrе gіvеn twо mоnthѕ аnd mоrе days were аddеd to thе саlеndаr, Junе was gіvеn an аddіtіоnаl day. 
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar modified the Roman Calendar by dividing the year into twelve months. By adding two months, the Julian calendar moved June to from the 4th month to its current position.  Thе month of June hаѕ 30 dауѕ іn total. The mоnth оf Junе, nаmеd аftеr thе Rоmаn gоddеѕѕ Junо, thе wife оf Juріtеr, іѕ thе ѕіxth mоnth оf thе year іn the Gregorian and Julіаn саlеndаrѕ. Juno wаѕ knоwn as thе patron оf mаrrіаgе and was responsible fоr thе wellbeing оf women. 

Good morning eschewers of footwear. Today is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Today is the 152nd day of the year, and 213 days remain.

National Go Barefoot Day 

National Go Barefoot Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. You needn’t be a podiatrist to ascertain that this holiday urges us to go barefoot today. However, the real purpose behind this quirky holiday is to encourage people to donate new and used shoes to the victims of natural disasters. National Go Barefoot Day was launched by a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls.
If you like going barefoot, then today is your day. Embrace the beginning of summer and participate in this shoe-free celebration. Go to the beach and walk barefoot in the sand, or go to a park and walk barefoot in the grass, or if your feet are aching after a long week, simply treat yourself to a pedicure.
To celebrate National Go Barefoot Day, take a moment to do a little spring cleaning and give away the shoes you no longer need. Or, make a cash donation or donate a new pair of shoes instead.
Author’s Note:
Even as a child, I disliked going barefoot. Out in the sticks where I grew up, there were no sidewalks, and the shoulders of the roads were cluttered with a combination of broken glass bottles, sundry sharp discarded metallic objects, and a vast variety of stickery, thorny bushes. The summertime 100+ degree temperatures made it even more unpleasant. And now, since I have diabetes, I never, ever go barefoot. 

Dinosaur Day  

Dinosaur Day is celebrated biannually on the third Tuesday in May and on June 1st. You needn’t be a paleontologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates dinosaurs. There is little information available regarding this holiday. My sources gave no reason why Dinosaur Day is celebrated on these dates, when it was created, or who created it. A Google search yielded no useful information either.
The study of dinosaurs began in earnest in the mid-19th century. In 1842, paleontologist Richard Owen coined the term dinosaur, derived from the Greek deinos, meaning “terrible” or “fearfully great,” and sauros, meaning “lizard” or reptile,” so the word dinosaur literally means “terrible lizard.”
Most people think of dinosaurs as big, ferocious, and extinct reptiles, but that is only partially true. Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes, some smaller than a turkey. Since the only way we have to judge the size of dinosaurs is through fossil remains, it seems that dinosaurs were large because larger fossil remains are more likely to have survived over time. The smaller fossils simply disintegrated.
Dinosaurs first appeared about 230 million years ago. They ruled the Earth for about 135 million years until an extinction event 65 million years ago wiped out all but bird-like dinosaurs. Scientists don’t agree specifically on what happened, but their extinction was likely a result of multiple factors including an asteroid impact, choking chemicals from erupting volcanoes, and climate change.
Although the scientific community agrees that the larger terrestrial and aquatic dinosaurs vanished for the above reasons, most also agree that our modern-day birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs that evolved over time. Fossils show that some of the more advanced dinosaurs had feathers or feather-like body covering, but many of them didn’t fly and probably didn’t even glide. Instead, feathers, rather than being an adaptation for flight, helped these bird-like non-birds stay warm as juveniles.
To celebrate Dinosaur Day, learn more about dinosaurs. I think this link will be helpful.

National Nail Polish Day

National Nail Polish Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. You don’t need to be a manicurist or a pedicurist to deduce that this holiday celebrates nail polish. This holiday was created by “Essie”, a leader in nail care since 1981.
People have adorned their fingernails and toenails for thousands of years. From the French manicure to elaborate nail art, nail polish has come a long way since the bees’ wax and gum Arabic used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C. This holiday also recognizes the durable lacquers and gels of today that last longer and provide infinite variety.
Once reserved for the rich and powerful, today manicures are commonplace and available everywhere. Nail color now changes with the seasons, our styles, and our moods. There is a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoise, and plum make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges or subtle moss helps us look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings or when we want to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver, and sparkle to even the most economical wardrobe.
To celebrate National Nail Polish Day, simply paint your nails today. Either do it yourself at home or have it done professionally at your favorite nail spa.

Flip a Coin Day 

Flip a Coin Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. Even if you’re indecisive you should easily be able to figure out that this holiday was created for those people who find it difficult to make even a minor decision.
Many people find it difficult to make decisions. Flipping a coin is the easiest way to resolve a situation where the correct decision is unclear. The coin flip has been around for centuries. It is rumored that Julius Caesar often used a coin toss to make decisions. Perhaps this explains why the Roman Empire failed.
If you are faltering about whether or not to celebrate Flip a Coin Day, perhaps you should flip a coin. Heads you celebrate, tails you don’t.

Dare Day 

Dare Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. As you might expect, this holiday is a day to challenge someone to do a dare and in turn, do a dare yourself. One of my sources says that Dare Day is thought to have originated in Dare County, England. However, another source suggested that this holiday originated in Manteo, Dare County, North Carolina. Do you dare to do some research and find out which thesis is correct?
If you decide to celebrate Dare Day, keep your challenges within reason. For instance, don’t dare someone to juggle operating chain saws or to pluck a whisker from a live wolverine. Instead, dare someone to stop smoking for the day, or to finish an uncompleted home project. I dare you to have fun celebrating this holiday.
Author’s Note:
This holiday has nothing to do with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, but you might consider making a donation to this worthwhile organization anyway.

Heimlich Maneuver Day 

Heimlich Maneuver Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. You don’t need to be a medical professional to conclude that this holiday celebrates the Heimlich Maneuver – and more precisely its inventor, Dr. Henry Heimlich.
The Heimlich Maneuver was created in 1974 by Dr. Henry Heimlich. There is controversy still today about whether or not he is the actual inventor of the Abdominal Thrust (aka Heimlich maneuver) or was just the first person credited with using it.
Current choking guidelines call for first using five sharp blows to the back to dislodge the object blocking the airway, then if that fails to work, then use five abdominal blows to the abdomen with the flat of the hand if that fails. These techniques should only be used on conscious victims.
Whether you chose to call it the Heimlich maneuver or abdominal thrusts, the Heimlich Maneuver is a good thing to know. In celebration of Heimlich Maneuver Da, I highly recommend that you learn how to properly perform the procedure today [if you don’t already know how to do it].
Author’s Note: 
According to Wikipedia, Henry Heimlich also promotes the very controversial and unproven practice of treating HIV by infecting the patient with malaria. Oh well, at least maybe he got one thing right.

Say Something Nice Day

Say Something Nice Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. Even if you aren’t particularly well mannered, you should be able to determine that this holiday means exactly what its name infers – say something nice to someone today.
Say Something Nice Day began in Charleston, South Carolina when the Mayors of North Charleston and Charleston came together with members of the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and the South Carolina Baptist Convention to create a day to be kind to the special people in our lives. It is also a holiday to remember and celebrate people, who provide us with a variety of services, such as bus drivers, healthcare workers, and teachers, and to apologize for words spoken in frustration, anger, or disappointment.
The aim of this holiday is to fight against unkindness, bullying, and the lack of politeness that dominates society today. It is hoped that this one day of pleasantness will grow until people are nice to each other every day.
To celebrate Say Something Nice Day, simply say something nice to, or about, everyone you encounter today.

National Olive Day

National Olive Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. Even if you aren’t a gourmet chef you should be able to intuit that this holiday celebrates olives – a world-renowned fruit used in cuisines worldwide.
Olives are one of the world’s oldest fruits and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are a part of many cuisines worldwide and are also steeped in tradition. A staple of traditional meze/tapas culinary experiences they bring families and friends together around the table.
Olives have a variety of uses. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays, in salads, and even use them as a garnish for many foods. We also use to oil they produce to cook with and to brighten the flavor of salads. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.
The olive branch is also a symbol of peace, hope, love, and friendship recognized throughout the world.
Celebrate National Olive Day by enjoying some delicious olives today.

National Hazelnut Cake Day 

National Hazelnut Cake Day is celebrated annually on June 1st. You needn’t be a patissier to discern that this holiday celebrates hazelnut cake – and what’s not to like about hazelnut cake. It combines two popular foods: hazelnuts and cake.
Hazelnut cake is a Norwegian treat that uses ground hazelnuts to replace some of the wheat flour, so it is even relatively healthy – for a cake, that is.
Hazelnuts are known by a number of other names, including filberts, Pontic, and cobnuts. In America, they are native to the Northeastern and Southeastern states and the Midwest.
To celebrate National Hazelnut Cake Day, enjoy some hazelnut cake for dessert tonight. On the off chance that you don’t already have a recipe for Hazelnut Cake in your culinary arsenal, here is a Hazelnut Cake recipe that seems fairly simple to make. Enjoy!

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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